I am always up for a creamy rice pudding. Recently I was thinking of ways that I can use up the rather large 3-kilo bag of organic rice that I currently have in my pantry. And then rice pudding happened! Like magic. With coconut milk and turmeric. Divine alchemy!
Add a little natural sweetener (I am thinking coconut sugar or maple syrup), a sprinkle of love and I am quite happy to eat a bowl of rice pudding any day of the week.
Please take a peek at my super-fast video tutorial before you make this…
Rice is a great gluten-free, allergy-friendly grain that most people enjoy.
I am adding in turmeric today because it is playful, colourful and exceedingly good for us.
This divine medley (scroll below further for recipe) involves:
- Brown short-grain rice
- A pinch of black pepper
- Coconut milk (full fat from a can)
- Coconut sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Extra maple syrup to sweeten
- Chopped fruit on top (optional)
Turmeric is one of the most powerful, healing plants in the plant-kingdom.
Turmeric is an antioxidant superstar
Antioxidants are the compounds in food that are said to help stop damage to our cells by free radicals. Turmeric is said to be a plant with one of the highest levels of antioxidant power known on this planet. Studies have shown that the curcuminoids in turmeric are very effective at finding and neutralising free radicals. It is also thought that turmeric can help to prevent the development of free radicals. Regular use of turmeric in our daily lives (preferably along with other healthy lifestyle choices) could literally stave off all sorts of illness and disease thanks to its remarkable properties.
Turmeric is a promising alternative to Prozac
According to the Psychiatry Advisor “Researchers are finding mounting evidence that an anti-inflammatory compound in a common kitchen spice might help reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD).” One such reason that it is thought to be helpful against depression is because of turmerics’ ability to help against inflammatory and oxidative stress (which are associated with depression).
Turmeric is shown to help against Alzheimer’s Disease
According to various studies, the compounds in turmeric can be helpful against Alzheimer’s disease. One component of this disease is a buildup of clumps of a protein called amyloid-beta. Studies have shown that the curcumin compound from turmeric is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and may be able to clear away these proteins. Curcumin has also been shown to reduce neurotoxicity caused by heavy metals in the brain, another factor shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Some of the known health benefits of turmeric…
- promotes healthy joint function
- encourages glowing, clear skin
- works as a powerful anti-inflammatory
- encourages a healthy heart
- improves memory
- supports the digestive system
- is an excellent antioxidant
- helps to cleanse the liver
- has antimicrobial properties
- helps prevent ulcers
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol
- improve menstrual flow
- has anti-cancer properties
LOADS more info in my article here if you want to learn more about this precious spice…
- 100g organic short-grain rice
- 500ml water
- 1 heaped teaspoon ground turmeric
- Twist of black pepper
- 200ml coconut milk (full fat from a can)
- 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Extra maple syrup (as desired)
- Cook the rice in the water along with the turmeric and black pepper, for about 35 minutes (or until cooked). If the water boils off then just add more as you go (water quantity is not important since we are going to strain it off anyhow).
- When cooked strain off the remaining water and then put the rice back into the pan.
- Add the coconut milk, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract and cook for a further 10 minutes or so, until it starts to thicken, stirring occasionally.
- If you want it more creamy, add a little extra water, coconut milk, coconut cream or melt in some creamed coconut from a block.
- Serve immediately (you can also enjoy cold or re-heated) adding extra maple syrup to suit your sweet taste.
- If you want to add chopped mango, apple, banana or dried fruit, then this also works well.
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